Eyesore former hotel finally sells at auction

The former Bridge House Hotel at Catterick Bridge.

A dilapidated former hotel has finally sold at auction five years after it was put on the market.

The former Bridge House Hotel at Catterick Bridge fetched £240,000 yesterday.

The former 15-bedroom pub, restaurant and hotel was badly damaged by fire in February 2014 and restoration work has never taken place.

Attempts were made in 2017 to sell the building at auction, however it failed to sell.

Efforts were made twice in 2020 but the lot was twice withdrawn due to a lack of interest.

At that time the former hotel had a guide price of £300,000.

However, the building now had a guide price of £175,000 to £200,000 when it went to auction this week.

The building was built in the 17th century and was formerly known as the George and Dragon Inn. It was also a private house in late 1700s to early 1800s.

It has been empty since the fire and it is understood it has suffered vandalism inside.

It was sold by London-based auctioneers Strettons.

A spokesperson for the company said it was too early to reveal who the buyer was and what their plans were for the building.